Tanzanian SMEs’ Perceptions towards Adoption of Supply Chain Management (SCM) Strategy

  •  Tumaini Mujuni Katunzi    
  •  Qin Zheng    


Although a number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Tanzania economy is high, their share in
national income is significantly low due to lack of efficiency. The choice to implement supply chain and supply
chain management by SMEs will lower costs and increase efficiency, which will eventually help in lowering
costs and increase gains to both SMEs and the country.
In this research we have compared the differences in perceptions of small and medium-sized enterprises against
large enterprises. The methodology, employed was cross-sectional survey of Tanzanian enterprises engaged in
agricultural processing. The findings clearly show that SMEs give less attention to supply chain management
strategies, also reluctant to employ transparent integrated system to link them with other actors in the chain.
Absence of compatible organization structures in SMEs is seen as a major obstacle for complete implementation
of integration strategy.

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